The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.

Close approach of the Moon and Uranus

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The Moon and Uranus will make a close approach, passing within a mere 2.8 arcminutes of each other. From some parts of the world, the Moon will pass in front of Uranus, creating a lunar occultation. The Moon will be 25 days old.

From Seattle however, the pair will not be observable – they will reach their highest point in the sky during daytime and will be no higher than 6° above the horizon at dawn.

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The Moon will be at mag -10.5; and Uranus will be at mag 5.8. Both objects will lie in the constellation Aries.

They will be close enough to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will also be visible through a pair of binoculars.

A graph of the angular separation between the Moon and Uranus around the time of closest approach is available here.

The positions of the pair at the moment of closest approach will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
The Moon 02h59m20s 16°34'N Aries -10.5 29'51"5
Uranus 02h59m10s 16°36'N Aries 5.8 3"4

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 45° from the Sun, which is in Gemini at this time of year.

The sky on 24 Jun 2022

The sky on 24 June 2022
Sunrise
05:09
Sunset
21:11
Twilight ends
00:19
Twilight begins
02:01

25-day old moon
Waning Crescent

11%

25 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 04:02 11:40 19:18
Venus 03:25 10:57 18:30
Moon 02:29 09:46 17:18
Mars 01:49 08:23 14:57
Jupiter 01:14 07:24 13:34
Saturn 23:50 04:48 09:46
All times shown in PDT.

Source

The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE430 planetary ephemeris published by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

This event was automatically generated by searching the ephemeris for planetary alignments which are of interest to amateur astronomers, and the text above was generated based on an estimate of your location.

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Image credit

The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.

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